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Introducing the H2020 AQUACROSS project: knowledge, assessment, and management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies
Lago, M.; Boteler, B.; Rouillard, J.; Abhold, K.; Jähnig, S.C.; Iglesias-Campos, A.; Delacámara, G.; Piet, G.J.; Hein, T.; Nogueira, A.J.A.; Lillebø, A.I.; Strosser, P.; Robinson, L.A.; De Wever, A.; O'Higgins, T.; Schlüter, M.; Török, L.; Reichert, P.; van Hamo, C.; Villa, F.; Hugh, M. (2019). Introducing the H2020 AQUACROSS project: knowledge, assessment, and management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies. Sci. Total Environ. 652: 320-329. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.076
In: Science of the Total Environment. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0048-9697; e-ISSN 1879-1026, more
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    Marine/Coastal; Fresh water
Author keywords
    Freshwater; Coastal; Marine ecosystems; Resilience; Social-ecologicalmodelling; EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy; Social learning; Stakeholderengagement

Authors  Top 
  • Lago, M.
  • Boteler, B.
  • Rouillard, J.
  • Abhold, K.
  • Jähnig, S.C.
  • Iglesias-Campos, A.
  • Delacámara, G.
  • Piet, G.J., more
  • Hein, T.
  • Nogueira, A.J.A.
  • Lillebø, A.I.
  • Strosser, P.
  • Robinson, L.A.
  • De Wever, A., more
  • O'Higgins, T.
  • Schlüter, M.
  • Török, L.
  • Reichert, P.
  • van Hamo, C.
  • Villa, F.
  • Hugh, M.

    The AQUACROSS project was an unprecedented effort to unify policy concepts, knowledge, and management of freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems to support the cost-effective achievement of the targets set by the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. AQUACROSS aimed to support EU efforts to enhance the resilience and stop the loss of biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems as well as to ensure the ongoing and future provision of aquatic ecosystem services. The project focused on advancing the knowledge base and application of Ecosystem-Based Management. Through elaboration of eight diverse case studies in freshwater and marine and estuarine aquatic ecosystem across Europe covering a range of environmental management problems including, eutrophication, sustainable fisheries as well as invasive alien species AQUACROSS demonstrated the application of a common framework to establish cost-effective measures and integrated Ecosystem-Based Management practices. AQUACROSS analysed the EU policy framework (i.e. goals, concepts, time frames) for aquatic ecosystems and built on knowledge stemming from different sources (i.e. WISE, BISE, Member State reporting within different policy processes, modelling) to develop innovative management tools, concepts, and business models (i.e. indicators, maps, ecosystem assessments, participatory approaches, mechanisms for promoting the delivery of ecosystem services) for aquatic ecosystems at various scales of space and time and relevant to different ecosystem types.

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